Board of Directors

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  • Paul Desmarais III

    Chairman & CEO, Sagard

  • Samuel Robinson

    Managing Partner & President, Sagard

  • Jeffrey Carney

    Former President & CEO, IGM Financial

  • Amaury de Seze

    Vice-Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada

  • Colin Hall

    Head of Investments, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert ("GBL")

  • Denis Le Vasseur

    Vice-President and Controller, Power Corporation of Canada

  • Gregory Tretiak

    Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Power Corporation of Canada

  • Arielle Malard de Rothschild

    Global Advisory Partner, Rothschild & Co

  • Beth Lowery

    Senior Advisor, ESG and Sustainable Finance, ERM: Environmental Resources Management,

  • Heather Davis

    Former President and CIO of Nuveen Private Markets, Whynot Farm

  • Brian Walsh

    Principal & Chief Strategist, Titan Advisors

Paul Desmarais III

Chairman & CEO, Sagard

Paul Desmarais III is the Chairman and CEO of Sagard. He is also Chairman of Diagram and a board member of Grayhawk. Within the investment portfolio, Paul is the Chairman of Wealthsimple and Dialogue, a director of KOHO Financial, and a board observer of Nesto.

Prior to his current role, Paul worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Strategy Group, and Special Situations Group; Imerys in supply chain management and strategy; and Great West Lifeco in risk management.

Paul is a recipient of a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Samuel Robinson

Managing Partner & President, Sagard

Samuel Robinson has served as Managing Partner and President of Sagard since 2016. He leads the business team at Sagard and is based in the US. Samuel also serves as lead director of GP Strategies Inc. (NYSE: GPX).

Prior to Sagard, Samuel spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs, including serving as Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Strategy for the global Investment Banking Division, Chief Operating Officer of the firm’s emerging markets businesses, Chief of Strategy to the firm’s president and Asia-Pacific Chief of Staff.

Samuel holds a M.A. and a M.Phil. from Christ Church, Oxford, where he serves on the Development Board.

Jeffrey Carney

Former President & CEO, IGM Financial

Jeffrey Carney is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group, and former President and Chief Executive Officer of IGM Financial Inc., positions he has held since May 2016. He previously served for three years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of IGM Financial Inc.

He has more than 25 years of experience at investment management firms and banks across both retail and institutional platforms in Canada and the US. He has held senior executive positions at some of the most prominent financial organizations in North America.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He serves on the board of the Landmark School in the metropolitan Boston area and the advisory board of Queen’s School of Business.

Jeff is also a Director of Personal Capital Corporation and Portage Ventures. He volunteers as a Director for Capitalize for Kids.

Amaury de Seze

Vice-Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada

Mr. de Seze has been Vice-Chairman of Power Corporation since 2020. Previously, he was Vice-Chairman of Power Financial from 2010 to 2020. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PAI partners, a private equity fund management company, of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2007. He was a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas, one of Europe’s largest banks, until 2004.

He serves on the boards of directors of several European-based companies, including Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and BW Group. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Hakluyt & Company. He joined the Paribas group in 1993 as a member of the Management Board of Banque Paribas and Compagnie Financière de Paribas. Before that, he held senior positions with Volvo Group, including as a member of the Management Board of AB Volvo in Sweden. He served as a director of Power Corporation from 2001 to 2010 and of Power Financial from 2010 to 2012. He was also a director of Thales (from 2009 to 2013), Publicis (from 1998 to 2016), Imerys (from 2009 to 2016), Carrefour (from 2005 to 2017) and Pargesa (from 2001 to 2020, when Pargesa’s reorganization was completed).

Mr. de Seze serves on the board of the Fondation Un Avenir Ensemble in France, whose mission is to assist students from economically disadvantaged environments and to facilitate first-time employment.

In 1991, he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (France) and, in 1996, an Officier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (France). Mr. de Seze holds a degree from the Centre de Perfectionnement dans l’Administration des Affaires (CPA) in France, and he studied at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Colin Hall

Head of Investments, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert ("GBL")

Colin Hall has an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He began his career in 1995 as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley in private equity in New York. In 1997 he joined the Rhône Capital group, a private equity fund, where he held several positions over 10 years, in New York and then in London. In 2009, he co-founded a hedge fund, sponsored by Tiger Management (New York), where he worked until 2011. In 2012, he joined Sienna Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of GBL grouping together its alternative investments (private equity, debt funds and funds with specific themes) as Managing Director. In 2016, he was appointed GBL Head of Investments.

Denis Le Vasseur

Vice-President and Controller, Power Corporation of Canada

Mr. Le Vasseur joined the Power group of companies in 1992 and currently serves as Vice-President and Controller of Power Corporation and of Power Financial. His responsibilities include financial reporting, budgeting, taxation and information technology.

Mr. Le Vasseur began his career in 1982 with Touche Ross, a predecessor firm of Deloitte & Touche, specializing in the audit of large holding companies. He also worked on various consulting assignments in the field of mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Le Vasseur earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and an MBA from McGill University, and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1985. In 2020, Mr. Le Vasseur received the prestigious title of Fellow from the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec (FCPA). This title formally recognizes those members whose achievements in their careers or in the community have earned them distinction and brought honor to the profession. He serves on the board of directors of the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation, an organization that helps teenagers living with cancer regain their self-esteem and sense of pride through wilderness adventure therapy.

Gregory Tretiak

Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Power Corporation of Canada

Mr. Tretiak has been Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Power Corporation and Power Financial since 2012. He is a director of a number of Power Corporation subsidiaries, including Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life, Empower Retirement, Putnam Investments, PanAgora Asset Management, IGM Financial, IG Wealth Management and Mackenzie.

Mr. Tretiak joined Investors Group in 1988 and was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of IGM Financial until 2012. In this role, he was responsible for all financial functions at IGM Financial and its subsidiaries.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and a Certified Financial Planner.

Throughout his career, Mr. Tretiak has been an active member in professional industry groups including the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Financial Executives International, the Certified Financial Planners, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has served with national organizations such as the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Economic and Taxation Committee and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mr. Tretiak is actively involved in a number of community-based organizations.

Arielle Malard de Rothschild

Global Advisory Partner, Rothschild & Co

Arielle de Rothschild is a Global Advisory Partner at Rothschild & Co and a member of the Supervisory Board. Arielle founded the Emerging Markets Department in 1998 when she joined after ten years at Lazard Frères & Cie. She is specialized in government and corporate financial advice in emerging countries. Arielle holds a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, where she wrote her thesis under the direction of former French Prime Minister Raymond Barre. She also holds a DEA in Monnaie, Banque et Finances from
Paris 2.

Following a 10-year mandate as President of CARE France, Arielle was elected President of CARE International in 2019, an NGO working in 104 countries. CARE International tackles underlying cases of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient, supporting over 1000 poverty-fighting projects per year to reach more than 122 million people. CARE is also one of the first emergency NGOs to respond to natural disasters and civil conflict.

Arielle is a board member of SFL (Société Foncière Lyonnaise) and a board member of the Fondation de Rothschild. She is the author of a book entitled “Cofinancements Banque Mondiale – Banques commerciales”, published in 1986 by the Presses Universitaires de France, and co-author of “Et la confiance, bordel?” published in 2014 by Eyrolles. Arielle is “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur”.

Beth Lowery

Senior Advisor, ESG and Sustainable Finance, ERM: Environmental Resources Management,

Elizabeth Lowery is a nationally recognized Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Consultant, Attorney, and Expert on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues known for prudent decision making, strong diplomacy skills, and her ability to deal cross-functionally while forging multi-stakeholder consensus around complex, challenging issues.

Beth began her career as an attorney in the private sector after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit. Beth leveraged her experience as a private attorney during a successful 20-year career at General Motors Company (GM). Beth led the development and implementation of GM’s global environment, energy and safety policy strategies and initiatives and co-chaired the U.S. Climate Action Partnership Transportation Subcommittee, where she directed efforts to position GM as a solution provider to address climate change. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, she served on several non-profit boards, including Chair of the World Environment Center, Chair of the InForum Center for Leadership, Keystone Center and the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers. Beth also received numerous recognitions, including the award for “100 Leading Women in North American Auto Industry” in 2005 by Automotive News.

In 2012, Beth joined TPG. She initiated the ESG strategy development and deployment across the Firm through cross-functional engagement with portfolio companies on ESG issues to build sustainable businesses and advise deal teams in identifying risks and opportunities during due diligence. Under Beth’s leadership, she created and issued the first public ESG report for TPG, designed and implemented the first Annual ESG Assessment of the portfolio companies, and was instrumental in TPG becoming a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Beth worked with Firm Leadership on Diversity, Inclusion and Governance initiatives at TPG and across the portfolio companies, including actively improving gender diversity on the portfolio company boards.

Heather Davis

Former President and CIO of Nuveen Private Markets, Whynot Farm

Heather Davis is a subject matter expert in the Alternative Investments field, with a 30-year track record investing across a wide range of alternative asset classes, including commercial real estate, agriculture, timber, energy and infrastructure, and the private debt asset classes. Currently, Heather Davis serves as Owner of Whynot Farm, a farming venture that raises grass-fed beef and hydroponic vegetables.

Prior to this, Heather served as President and Chief Investment Officer for Nuveen Private Markets, where she held P&L and investment responsibilities for the private markets and alternatives investment subsidiary of Nuveen (the asset management subsidiary of TIAA) with the inclusion of sectors such as Private Equity (funds and direct), Private Debt, Energy, Infrastructure and Impact Investing/ESG. Additionally, she managed a $50B portfolio in these sectors for Nuveen, TIAA and third-party institutional investors. 

Previously, Heather was Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for TIAA Global Real Assets, where she was responsible for TIAA’s Real Assets investment portfolios and origination programs. In this role, she managed $140B in AUM across sectors such as Commercial Real Estate debt and equity, Agriculture, Timber, Energy, Infrastructure, Private Equity Fund investments, Distressed Investments and Credit, including mezzanine finance, private placements and senior leveraged loans.

Heather’s prior investment experience includes investment roles at PGIM, the investment arm of Prudential. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1982 and Master of Business Administration degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 1987. She and her family reside in Asheville, NC, and they farm in Eastern Tennessee.

Brian Walsh

Principal & Chief Strategist, Titan Advisors

Brian Walsh joined Titan Advisors as a Principal and Chief Strategist following Titan’s acquisition of Saguenay Strathmore Capital, Ltd. He is active in the portfolio management process as a member of the Investment Committee. He co-founded Saguenay Capital in 2002, an alternatives-focused investment management firm with an investor base of international institutions and family offices. Brian has over 30 years of investment banking, international capital markets and investment management experience. He had a long career at Bankers Trust, culminating in his appointment as co-head of the Global Investment Bank. Prior to that, he served as chairman of Bankers Trust International where he ran the global derivatives business. Brian received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

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